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It was only our second day of our cross country bike trip. Other than having bikes and panniers, Thomas and I were ill prepared. We were riding in Adidas cotton shorts, cotton t-shirts, and had high school quality cotton sweats. Our first day of riding had taught us a couple of valuable lessons: #1. Sunscreen is a really good idea. #2. Yes, your butt can hurt beyond belief after just one day of riding.
GPS data for our newest route, the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR) is now available. This release continues the trend the paper map started. Where the paper map is a peek at what a redesigned Great Divide Mountain Bike Route map might look like, the GPS data is an iteration of what future GPS data might look like.
Traveling with your bike can seem very daunting if you’ve never done it before, particularly if it involves air travel. Amtrak has begun to work to meet the needs of its cycling customers, so what about air travel companies?
We hope it never happens to you, but having your bike and/or gear walk off without you can be a horrible experience and possibly the end of a great trip. One of our most popular items that riders purchase along with maps and panniers is the RavX Combo X Pocket lock.
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Just a reminder: Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo will close to submissions at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 30, 2014.
Back in February, Adventure Cycling announced the launch of the Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship. Applications were submitted and reviewed this spring, and two candidates were selected to participate in one of Adventure Cycling’s 2014 educational courses.
It was our first bike journey together, and we were on a seriously limited budget. Hotel stays were few and far between, and wild camping rarely came with a free flowing water source.
Meet Steve Buchtel, an Illinois native and a passionate advocate for trails in Illinois. As the Executive Director of Trails for Illinois, he brings a dynamic mix of dedication, enthusiasm, and sense of humor to developing, researching and promoting trails in his home state. In this post, Steve tells us in his own words (and songs!) about bringing trails to people and people to trails.
By now I’m sure most of you have had the chance to find some warm weather, dry roads and trails, and had the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs from a long winter. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in the calendar year, we’re heavy hitting into the touring season!
From cleaning your dishes to cleaning your skin, keeping clean is an important aspect of comfort and health on the road. Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource store carries just the thing: the Scrubr dish cloth for pots and pans and the Trekr wash cloth for your skin, both by Luntatec.
With Father's Day right around the corner, note cards could very well be on your mind. Using images pulled from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contests, we've created an excellent assortment of bicycle travel note cards for Adventure Cycilsts!
With Summer Solstice just a few weeks away, my current frame of mind is in a full and impassioned embrace of all that summertime holds for cycling, hiking, touring, and all sorts of fun-in-the-sun here in Montana. Hopefully you are feeling the same fervor wherever you are!
If you ride your bicycle to work in the United States, odds are you don't have much company. In most U.S. cities, less than one percent of commuters use a bicycle to get to work. If you are feeling very alone, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to Portland, Oregon.
In this guest post, Deborah Stone-Wulf of Amtrak shares some of the progress and challenges to expand Amtrak's bicycle services through the Bicycle Task Force partnership with Adventure Cycling and other groups.
Because the campaign has been extended until June 10th, we hope those of you who still want to donate will do so today, and help us raise even more. Help us surpass our original goal by donating today.
One way the dictionary defines the word tour is “a traveling around from place to place.” With that definition in mind, my biking around town, to the office, running errands has turned into bike touring.
When I saw the women’s specific t-shirts in the Clockwork Gears booth at Interbike I knew I wanted to carry one in the next Cyclosource catalog. I was hooked by a mermaid on a bicycle and ordered one to test.
Today, your donation will be matched up to $1,000 by Planet Bike, meaning your gift will go twice as far! We’re also giving away a very cool Velo Orange Model 3 Touring Saddle.
Today we're featuring the two midwest states that have anticipated U.S. Bicycle Route designations: Ohio with USBR 50 and Illinois with USBR 36 and 37. Learn all about these new routes and the many exciting reasons to check them out on two wheels.
Corporate Member Bike2Power tells us a bit about their company, their passion for cycling, and why they support Adventure Cycling Association.
Today, your donation will be matched 2:1 by an anonymous donor and up to $1000 by Team Estrogen, meaning your gift will go three times as far! We’re also giving away some neat Velo Orange Grand Cru pedals.
Today, your donation will be matched 2:1. Everyone who donates today will be entered to win a Cygolite. Donate $25 or more to be entered to win a Bike Tours Direct bike tour. Donate $50 or more for a chance to win a Raleigh touring bicycle plus all of today's sweepstakes items!
This Wednesday is the spring meeting for approval of U.S. Bicycle Route designations! Today we'll be exploring the anticipated USBR designations in the coastal states — Washington State, DC, and our surprise state, Massachusetts.
We field lots of questions here in the Tours department. Recently I responded to one that came in by email and it made me smile. A member with very young children asked if Adventure Cycling had tours that family members who don't ride bicycles could participate in. He was finding it impossible to justify a ride solely for himself, away from his family.